This is How Many Times You should Really Exfoliate your Face in a Month
How many times you should really exfoliate your face is a question that bugs many. Especially, those with Oily skin often over do it. If you think the answer to this question would be something like this “two times a week or even once a week”, then you are completely influenced by so called beauty gurus and even many cosmetic brands that ask you to exfoliate twice a week with their products.
Before I give any clear cut answer to this popular question in skin care, Let me take to the process of understanding your skin and how exfoliating it (the right way) can really solve most of your skin problems.
What is exfoliating?
Exfoliation is nothing but the removal of the dead skin cells on the skin’s surface that shed and stay on our outer layer of the skin as a process of natural skin barrier mechanism. Exfoliation can be performed by using abrasive scrubs on the skin or chemically, by using scrubs that contain special kinds of acids that dissolve and remove the dead skin cells without scrubbing.
Physical exfoliates and chemical Exfoliates
There are two types of exfoliates namely “physical exfoliates” like the sugar, salt and the grains which physically exfoliate your skin and the second, “Chemical exfoliates” like the AHA (alpha hydroxy acids) e.g. glycolic and lactic acids and BHA (beta hydroxy acid) like the salicylic acid.
If you use a manual exfoliating scrub, choose one with smooth, round or almost powdery type granules rather than jagged, rough particles to avoid injuring your skin. Be gentle with the scrub—a light touch is all you need to slough off the dead skin cells. Any more than that and you’re likely to irritate your skin.
If you choose chemical exfoliation, peels and masks that contain alpha or beta hydroxy acids, for a deep level of exfoliation then choose natural peels that contain fruit derived enzymes rather than the harsh chemicals like Retinol, glycolic acid and saliscylic acids which over time makes your skin more sensitive and dry. I will talk about choosing the right exfoliator for your skin after understanding why we should actually exfoliate our skin.
Let’s answer the question, “Why exfoliate?”.
Our skin naturally sheds dead skin and exfoliates on a daily basis, but over time as we age, the process of cell regeneration slows down. This means that the body is slower to shed skin cells and generate new ones. The Result? The not-too-pretty results include dull, dry, or flaky skin, enlarged pores; bumps, wrinkles, loss of firmness, and uneven skin tone. Furthermore, the build-up of dead skin cells can result in excess oil and clogged pores, leading to blemishes and acne.
Helping skin gently exfoliate its buildup of dead skin—the way it did naturally when we were younger—reveals the beautiful, soft, hydrated skin.
Choosing the Right Exfoliator for your skin
As I mentioned already, you can choose either a Physical exfoliator or a chemical one depending upon your skin type and sensitivity. But before going any further, let me tell you that the chemical exfoliators like glycolic acid and salicylic acid are in almost most of face washes, toners and even in moisturizers and night serums.
If you are using such products on a daily basis, then it is equal to exfoliating your skin 2-3 times a day. Extremely horrific thing to ever do to your skin. These chemical exfoliators will increase the skin’s sensitivity too. Your skin becomes more habituated and will not be able to live without them, and as a process it will also reduce its ability to naturally exfoliate
In other case, Choosing natural and safe physical exfoliators will gentle remove the dead skin cells from the outer most skin’s layer without making it sensitive and chronic even though if you stop using them.
Some of the natural exfoliators are, Oats, Apple cider vinegar, curd, tomato juice, green tea and rice flour. Make sure that these ingredients should not be in heavy granulated form, but should be very light and powdery.
Be very very gentle while scrubbing your face with any of these ingredients, use your fingers in an upward moving circular motion to massage your skin. Harsh scrubbing will cause your skin to abrade and thus irritates your skin.
Know more: The Right scrub for Sensitive skin is here
Dangers of Over Exfoliating
Havent heard the saying, Anything in excess is always acts as a poison? Same with Exfoliating game too.
The Top Three dangers of Over Exfoliating your skin are
1. Increases skin sensitivity to Sun.
2. Excess sebum production, making the skin look more oily and greasy
3. Acne breakouts
4. Early signs of aging, hyperpigmentation and increased scaring.
Exfoliating your skin once every month is the answer to this question. Not once a week, not once every two weeks, but once every month is what you all need to do to keep the dead skin away from your face.
This answer will again differ depending upon your age. If you are below 20s, I dont see a reason to exfoliate your skin even more often as once a month, but still if you feel the urge to clean your skin depending upon your skin care habits (applying makeup), you can exfoliate once every 45 days.
If you are in your mid 20s, exfoliating your skin once a month will be enough unless you are slathering a ton of makeup products n your face o a daily basis.
And if you are in your 30s, exfoliate twice a month. Choose a very gentle cleanser that can gently just remove the dead skin buildup on face and improve the skin tone.
Coming to the right time to do exfoliation, I do it before going to bed. Because, the skin will be very fresh, clean and sensitive after you exfoliate it. So it is better not to expose it to harsh sun or pollution out.
Do not forgot to slather a good amount of Aloe Vera gel once done with Exfoliating your skin. Aloe Vera gel will soothe the skin and protect it from the attack of acne causing bacteria too.
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Benefits of Exfoliating Skin the Right number of times in the Right way
1. Exfoliating can help combat signs of aging and give you a more youthful look because the older skin cells you’re getting rid of tend to exaggerate the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
2. Because exfoliating gets rid of dead skin cells as well as extra dirt and makeup, it makes your skin tone brighter and evens it out. Your face will get a nice little glow and revelas a soother and shiner skin thereafter.
3. Since exfoliating your face eliminates the dead skin on top, it lets your cleanser, moisturizer and other products penetrate more deeply and work better. Your skin can receive moisture better when you remove dead skin cells, so it will look dewy
I Hope not just answering the actual question but leading you to that question will make you more vigilant in choosing your skin care routines in a more better way.
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